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ERIC Number: ED509240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
Notetaking for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Hastings, Donald; Brecklein, Kim; Cermak, Sandy; Reynolds, Rondalyn; Rosen, Harlene; Wilson, Jimmie
The provision of notetaking services is crucial for most deaf and hard of hearing students at the postsecondary level in classes designed for students with normal hearing. Numerous authors have attested to its importance. Collectively, more deaf and hard of hearing students in mainstreamed postsecondary settings use notetaking services than any other available support service. It has been said that having an interpreter guarantees equal access to the classroom, but having a notetaker guarantees equal access to the information from the class. Like tutors and the use of assistive listening devices in the classroom, each serves its own useful function; they are not redundant. Until formal notetaking services began to be instituted in the late 1960's, deaf and severely hard of hearing students in college tended to do without notes, relying almost exclusively on the textbook for review, or in some instances after the introduction of portable audiotape recorders, recording the lecture and asking someone to transcribe it on paper. Today, the ways in which notetaking services are provided from one postsecondary institution to another depend on several factors such as the number of students needing the services, the size and type of class, the individual student's ability to make use of the services, and program limitations. This report discusses services that can be implemented over a range of institutions, from those serving only one or two deaf and/or hard of hearing students, to those with large numbers. Three appendices are included: (1) Notetaker's Code of Ethics and Guidelines; (2) Notetaker Application Rating Form; and (3) Evaluation of Notes. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: PEPNet
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Access